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Cheetahs v Bulls - Live
CHEETAHS 25-30 BULLS
80 Wide ball across the backs to Daniller, the Cheetahs giving everything late on. Smit trapped in a maul and dragged towards the touch line... that's the game! The Bulls take the win in Bloemfontein, but a valuable losing bonus point for the Cheetahs. The Bulls move up to 2nd, the Cheetahs to 5th.
80 TRY! CHEETAHS! NYAKANE! 25-30: TMO rules that Nyakane's score was down to momentum not double movement, so the Cheetahs have their bonus point. Is there time for a winning try?
79 Pretorius digging for the ball in the ruck as the Bulls hold firm. Nyakane goes cloes, the Cheetahs celebrate but is he over? Upstairs to the TMO.
77 Bulls trying to wind down the clock inside their own 22 and it backfires, the Cheetahs winning the scrum. Still time left to take that bonus point as Ebersohn makes way for Benjamin.
75 Cheetahs clinging onto possession and send it wide to Le Roux, whose kick bounced into the try area and Kirchner touches down for a 22. Back to a penalty for the Cheetahs, Bulls coming in for the side, so Pretorius taps and goes once more. Building the phases inside the Bulls 22 but Oosthuizen drops it in the tackle.
73 Scrappy scrum for the Bulls who are forced backwards. High kick from Vermaak but the Bulls are offside, Smit kicking into the 22. Strauss can't find his man but the Cheetahs keep the ball, Nyakane burrowing under the tacklers.
71 Smit attempts an awful kick out of his 22 but the Cheetahs recover the ball and launch an attack down the left... but the pass is forward. Scrum to the Bulls 40 metres out.
68 TRY! CHEETAHS! SMIT! 18-30: Impressive hands from Ebersohn puts Smit in the corner to give the Cheetahs a sniff at a losing bonus point. Smit though misses the conversion.
65 Van Der Merwe doing himself no favours as his backchat forces the Bulls back ten more metres from a penalty. Advantage to the Cheetahs, Kirsten in trouble as the hosts continue to attack. Back for the tap by Pretorius, de Jager carrying up. Magical hands and is that a try? Smit is over in the corner but the pass is being checked.
62 TRY! BULLS! VERMAAK! 13-30: It's that man Vermaak again! The substitute scrum-half goes over after gathering a tough pass to stroll under the posts - the Bulls out of sight now. Steyn converts.
59 Ball slipped out of the tackle as Strauss tried to carry out of his half, but the play comes back as the Bulls tried to break for a scrum as we head into the final quarter.
57 PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 13-23: Easy does it for Steyn, chipping the ball over as the Bulls lead stretches to ten points.
55 Englebrecht over the advantage line for the Bulls, good attack from the visitors as Spies is rocked back in the tackle. Back to Steyn for the drop goal... off the post! Bulls win the ball back as Botha carries up. Back for an offside penalty right in front of the posts, Steyn going for goal.
52 Nyakane on for Adriaanse as the Bulls defence holds the Cheetahs attack. High catch by Basson as Steyn kicks aimlessly forward, marked by Smit as the game becomes focused on territory.
49 Cross-field kick from Steyn is missed by Visser but we're coming back for a penalty against the Cheetahs for taking the man out in the air. Tough kick for Steyn and it fades away to the right, keeping the Cheetahs within seven.
47 High tackle by the replacement for Uys, Ligtoring Landman, hands the Bull a penalty and Steyn kicks for touch.
46 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 13-20: Steyn stays perfect on the night and crosses 200 points in Super Rugby this season.
44 Heavy pressure from the Bulls as they clock over 10 phases and get the penalty advantage near the Cheetahs try line. Pass from Visser goes forward so the Bulls will have the penalty, Uys down receiving treatment for the Cheetahs.
42 PENALTY! CHEETAHS! SMIT! 13-17: More problems at the scrum for Greyling and Smit cuts the gap further.
40 Back underway through Smit at the start of the second half, the Cheetah winning the early battle for territory after Kirchner knocks on from a poor pass.
CHEETAHS 10-17 BULLS
40 With that we've reached the interval - Bulls up by seven and Steyn looking sharp with the boot as he nears 200 points for the season. Bulls look to have enough to win this and seal their spot at the top of the South African Conference.
39 PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 10-17: Chance for the Bulls to extend the gap late on through Steyn, who duly delivers with a penalty from wide out on the left of the field despite the noise from the crowd. Not a problem.
36 Attack from the Bulls is eventually snuffed out and the Cheetahs cling on to force a scrum. A quick first half played at great pace - solid scrum but the ball is loose at the back from Van Zyl, who rallies to get the ball back to Daniller to clear and clear well.
33 Bulls attack from the lineout, strong carry by Spies but the visitors lose possession - scrum to the Cheetahs.
31 Penalty to the Cheetahs, Greyling penalised for dropping his bind. Le Roux misses touch but Daniller marks the return kick from the Bulls, finding touch with a huge kick. Quick lineout from the Bulls and Le Roux will kick back again, this time finding touch.
29 Superb take under the high ball from Visser, sets up a wide play for Kirchner and Basson who run out of space and come back to the support. Leads to a maul but the Cheetahs do well to hold them up, scrum to the hosts.
27 PENALTY! CHEETAHS! SMIT! 10-14: The Bulls scrum splinters and Smit knocks over another three points to bring the Cheetahs within reach of the lead.
25 Kirchner's first act is to kick too deep, the ball just doing the wrong side of the corner flag as we come back for a Cheetahs scrum inside the Bulls half.
24 Steyn goes for the drop goal with nothing on, but it fades away to the right. Mapoe forced off for the Bulls with an injury, replaced by Kirchner.
23 Turned over by Hougaard who kicks long for Basson to chase. Rhule though does well, evading the man and clearing to touch.
20 Referee Jason Jaftha making his presence felt as the Cheetahs win a penalty. Attacking down the right in the Bulls 22 but the ball is lost, Bulls scrum.
17 TRY! BULLS! STEGMANN! 7-14: Steyn kicks to the corner as the Bulls look for those crucial tries to go top of the Super Rugby table early on. Caught by Kruger, maul set up with Stegmann at the back... try! Over the Bulls pack goes in the corner. Steyn converts.
15 Multiple phases from the Bulls inside the Cheetahs 22. Flinging the ball wide to the left but the Cheetahs hold on. Into 10+ phases and the Bulls have the advantage. Good tackle by Sadie on Visser and we'll come back for the penalty.
13 Smit charged down by Arno Botha on his own try line, but the fly-half does enough to dot the ball down and result in a drop out. Pressure on the Cheetahs as the Bulls bring the ball back but Smit clears well.
11 TRY! CHEETAHS! LE ROUX! 7-7: Hougaard stripped of the ball by Labuschagne, Cheetahs on the attack inside the Bulls half. De Jager driven back in the tackle, Sadie looking for the offload as the Bulls go offside. Chip over the top by Le Roux! In sensational form and he gets the try! Smit converts.
8 TRY! BULLS! KRUGER! 0-7: Great platform for the Bulls who power forward through Visser and Ralepelle, the latter breaching the gain line and finding his front-row colleague in the corner for the try. Steyn nails the conversion.
6 Cheetahs attack through Sadie and Rhule but it's the Bulls who recover possession, kicking deep and pinning Rhule back who just about clears into touch. Bulls attacking and Kruger's pass is nearly intercepted by Le Roux, but the ball goes forward.
5 Heavier Bulls tight five causing problem at the scrum but this time the Cheetahs win the penalty and will clear their lines.
4 Ball knocked forward out of Basson's hands whilst he was chasing the kick. Five metre scrum to the Cheetahs.
3 Quick lineout between Ralepelle and Kirsten doesn't come off as the Cheetahs bundle them into touch. Bulls steal the lineout and attack through Basson, chipping ahead... who got to the ball first? Upstairs to the TMO.
2 J├┐┬¼rgen Visser running the ball back as the Bulls attack outside the Cheetahs 22. High kick from Serfontein and Le Roux gets the ball away into touch.
Kick-off Morn├┐┬ę Steyn starts the proceedings in Bloemfontein, well taken by Lood de Jager.
A dry night with a fair breeze at Free State Stadium, none of the rain we saw in Cape Town.
Team news Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash. Youngsters Arno Botha and Jan Serfontein and the experienced Werner Kruger and Lionel Mapoe are included in the run-on side. All four were on the bench last weekend when the Bulls beat the Sharks in Durban, but they now replace Dewald Potgieter, Wynand Olivier, Frik Kirsten and Akona Ndungane respectively. Potgieter and Kirsten will play off the bench, while Olivier drops out of the matchday 22. Ndungane did not recover from a lower leg injury in time.
Team news Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made only one change to his starting XV - Raymond Rhule recalled after the youngster was relegated to the bench for last week's game against the Kings in Port Elizabeth. Rayno Benjamin, who was selected ahead of Rhule for the Kings clash, returns to the replacement bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Bloemfontein for Saturday's Super Rugby clash between South African high-flyers the Cheetahs and the Bulls.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (17:55 BST, 16:55 GMT)
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